14×18″ oil on canvas– Every day of the year is a sunny day… if you can only get above the clouds. I love days like this when just a few luminous spotlights find their way through the overcast… little patches of brilliant sunlight on an otherwise grey landscape. Just like with moods, you can appreciate the sunny even more when you also know the melancholy.
15×30″ oil on canvas panel– The warm and cool color notes on the bluffs are beautiful in the afternoon this time of year. Isn’t this a great season? Things start to change really dramatically as the nights are growing and the coolness, wetness and crispness of winter starts eclipse the warm, dry, hazy summer.
20×48″ oil on canvas– This is what finally emerged from the sketches in my last post. I love running along this path on the bluffs above More Mesa and then dropping down the Thousand Steps to get to the beach. The light spilling out of the canyon up the coast line is the spot where the Hope Ranch creek meets the ocean. I’ll add a couple detail images as well. Enjoy the cooler weather everyone!
18×24″ oil on canvas panel– We’re so lucky during heat waves like this to have the ocean so near. The water today at Campus Point was filled with people cooling off in the surf. I hope you are all finding ways to stay cool today… Here is a watercolor sketch from the same site down below on the beach a couple of weeks ago.
20×20″ oil on canvas– The meadows in the Botanic Gardens are aflame with poppies right now. Bees are swarming, the air is warming and the short sweet season of spring is in full swing. Sorry about the accidental post earlier in the week– I was working on my website and pushed the wrong button. : )
12×36″ oil on canvas– As the sun rises the color of the light goes through every color in the spectrum, starting with pink, red, orange, yellow and finally the cool greens and blues of daylight. This is trying to catch that orange moment that passes so quickly.
20×48″ oil on canvas– The tides were nice and low Monday afternoon to walk from Haskel’s to Driftwoods Beach. The cirrus clouds in the sky were hinting at the rains on the way. I brought the sun out a little more in the painting because, well, grey isn’t my favorite color. This is more how it would look today with the sun out again and our creeks flowing happily…
18×24″ oil on canvas– Tomorrow is the equinox… happy first day of spring! I know the season is here because I get to use electric greens to color the grass instead of the usual Southern California gold.
20×48″ oil on Canvas– I loved the patterns of sparkling lights that the sun was making on the glassy ocean the day I painted this commission of the Ellwood Coast. The blue water was a nice foil for the reds and oranges in the winter iceplant hanging over the cliffs.
20×48″ Oil on Canvas– Morning is my favorite time of day and spring is my favorite season. I love the sense of newness both create and the feeling that your day is a blank canvas ready to explore. I created this studio painting from a couple of plein air watercolor sketches I made from up in the foothills a couple weeks ago.